Christen Location: Chicago Size: 1500 square feet Years lived in: 5 Christen's apartment is located in a 1912 brick two-flat overlooking Palmer Square. She has created a throughly unique home furnished with the vintage treasures that she'd collected over the years, long before she knew where they would finally fit in. Her self-described style is "goofball with an appreciation for beauty" and it has definitely produced a charming result.
Mode Carpentry -the kitchen remodel, including the custom cabinets, radiator covers/benches
Post 27 - affordable to fancy, old and new, lotsa local artists
Modern Times -shelving unit in living room
Kindon Mills- architect for bathroom - firstname.lastname@example.org
Julian Aranda -the mason who makes sure the building will be around forever - Jugecraft@comcast.net
Mike Slattery -Dining room table and guards for basement windows
Dime a Dance – Jack Lenor Larsen fabric
Treadway/Toomey – Dining room chairs, modified Nelson bench
The Faucet Shoppe – Bathroom fixtures old and new! Real experts!
Curtis Enterprises -Great wallpaper hangers-husband and wife! They papered my air vent, it impresses everyone
Old World Restoration -Stained glass in bathroom and repaired the living room glass
Sprout Home - It's where I bought almost all my plants
Busy Beaver Button Co., and you'll notice bits and pieces of this part of her life throughout the slideshow; a card of vintage buttons on the desk in her home office, a big button or two on a bookshelf and a collection of favorites under glass, framed in the living room. Other collections in the home: really amazing vintage lighting, beautiful textiles and wallpapers, funky, funny decorative items everywhere, guitars and music, music, music. There are unusual, quirky details in every room - it's one big visual treat. This is a personality-filled space; one that reflects a passion for the past but more importantly one that accommodates a busy current life lived well - a colorful office for the business, a seriously beautiful kitchen for cooking in, a big dining table for seating lots of friends, a wide open living room with a game table at the ready and a serene guest room for visitors.
Modern Times, although I do buy things there occasionally. Everything is so well thought-out and lovingly collected.
Christen!) Images: Janel Laban
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